Posted by: marineharvestcanada | November 12, 2009

New Canadian citizen loves adopted country

IMG_2944“The best decision I’ve made in years.” That’s how Andrew Dukes describes the choice he made to leave the restaurant industry seven years ago and join the Port Hardy Processing Plant (PHPP).

“I wouldn’t go back to cooking for anything,” he said.

Andrew’s job as back up lead hand involves programming plant computers and staff organization. He also works on the processing line.

After certifying as a Red Seal Chef through Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University), and Camosun College, Andrew wanted employment that offered benefits and stability, unusual in food service. He found both when he answered a newspaper ad.

Andrew was born in Liverpool, England, and came to Canada on October 31, 1972. The family settled in Nanaimo, where his parents still live, but Andrew moved to Port Hardy in 1987.

Away from work, Andrew loves camping with wife Kellie in their new trailer. Atluck Lake near Zeballos is a favorite place. Tia, their 14 year old Norwegian Elkhound, and two year old Yorkie Poo, Pickle, round out the family. Andrew has been a volunteer firefighter for 12 years. Attending one meeting with a friend was all it took for him to realize his interest. He also continues to enjoy cooking.

May 27, 2009 will always be memorable for Andrew. It’s the day he became a Canadian citizen in a ceremony held in Campbell River. “It’s something I should have done years ago,” he commented, adding that he has no desire to leave Port Hardy, Canada or Marine Harvest.

By Gina Forsyth

 

 

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